Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 9th March 2017 – Sue Vincent, Christoph Fischer, Phillip T. Stephens, Smashwords, Sarah Brentyn

Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to today’s drop in the ocean. There is a wonderful world of blogging to be explored and I am only skirting the edges each day. Which is why it helps me if you would please include a link to your most recent post in the comments or if you wish you can email me at

Sue Vincent writes about her nose…and perfectly lovely nose it is too but it has been a bane of contention all her life.. because other people have drawn negative attention to it.. albeit mostly in joking fashion. Words can be wounding and many young women are obsessed with changing perfectly acceptable parts of their bodies because of far too many trivia factors. The media is littered with young women who have enhanced their bodies to fit into the accepted norm and now flaunt them defiantly as if to say ‘Am I perfect now’. None of us is perfect.. and that is where the beauty lies. Please head over and read Sue’s post.

Being a working woman, I could be expected to be sitting here nicely coiffed, decently dressed and wearing make-up. Being also a writer, you might imagine me instead romantically dishevelled or pyjama clad. These are stereotypes we can all recognise that conform to an accepted idea.

In fact, I am neither and my attire is finished with a nasally inserted tissue. I grant you, it is not the most appealing of accessories. Even the dog raised a quizzical brow at the tissue currently protruding from my nose, but after two days of constant sneezing and nosebleeds, what it lacks in sartorial elegance, the tissue makes up for in practicality. I long since gave up trying to impress my dog with any pretence of elegance anyway…she, after all, sees me every morning before the coffee kicks in. The postman was a different matter and it was in the nick of time that the tissue was removed, even as I opened the door. Though to be fair, that was not about impressing anyone either.

Read the rest of this important post:

Christoph Fischer reveals the cover and background behind his book to be launched in April at the Llandeilo Lit Fest.. African August is a thriller set on a continent where trouble can flare up fast and lives can be changed forever. The proceeds from the paperback format of the book will go to a children’s charity in Kampala, Uganda. The Story is also part of an Ebook set that is due to be released in aid of the Santa Paula No Kill Animal Shelter. Head over and find out more #Recommended

I was asked to clarify the situation about my latest work-in-progress, so here is the blurb, followed by explanations about the project and the release:  African August

When Timothy, a budding author, puts his lucrative banking career on hold for the chance to go on the adventure of a lifetime in Africa, he gets far more than even he had bargained for. He teams up with a host of intriguing characters, from gay air stewards to beautiful, adventure-seeking women on his journey to self-fulfillment and self-discovery.

Find out more about the book and book set and the charities they will support:

Author Phillip T. Stephens has an offer on his books at the moment in conjunction with a Smashwords Ebook sale.  My books are available on Smashwords but we had not got around to sorting out the tax paperwork.. But once available on Smashwords Premium you are also available on most other non-Amazon bookstores too such as Barnes & Noble, Apple (iBooks), Kobo and Gardners in the UK . Head over and find out more from Phillip.

Cash in on Smashwords’ eBook Sale – But buy my books first

For the next two days (March 5-11) you can buy my books for half-off ($1.50) or even get them free at Smashwords’ Read an Ebook Week promotion. In fact, when you head to the shopping cart and apply the coupon codes, you’ll get all three for that same $1.50 price. It doesn’t get better than that.

In, fact, you’ll save so much you can jump right back in and fill your cart with dozens more. Check out your favorite blogger to see if they enrolled. Heard of a new indie writer, but never plunged into one of her books? You might find it here.

Read more about the offer on Smashwords and Phillip’s books:

As Phillip talks about his offer on Smashwords I thought you might be interested in how getting your book into Smashwords Premium Catelogs opens so many doors for your book that are non-Amazon controlled. Believe it or not there is a whole world out there that is nothing to do with Amazon!

Smashwords Distribution Information Page –  How Smashwords Distributes Ebooks
(and how to get fast tracked into the Smashwords Premium Catalog)
(rev. 11/2/16)

This page describes how Smashwords distributes ebooks to a growing network of online retailers, mobile app platforms and affiliates. Of the 420,000+ original ebooks we publish, over 300,000 are in our Premium Catalog, which is what we distribute to major ebook retailers and library platforms.

Please carefully study this page to learn what you, as the author or publisher, can do to maximize the distribution of your books.
Smashwords offers three primary catalogs, our Premium Catalog, our Standard Catalog and our Atom/OPDS Catalog.

1. Premium Catalog (Reaches Global Retailers and Libraries): Once your book is accepted into the Premium Catalog, we automatically distribute it to major online retailers. Notable retailers in the Smashwords distribution network include Apple (operates iBooks stores in 51 countries), Barnes & Noble (US and UK), Scribd, Oyster, Kobo, Yuzu, Blio and Inktera (formerly Page Foundry). Our industry-leading library distribution reaches OverDrive (world’s largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Tolino, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), and Odilo (2,100 public libraries in North America, South America and Europe).

Read the rest of the article and find out how your books might benefit:

We have all done it… worked for half an hour or more on a post and just as you are about to click post it goes.. poooofffff… Sarah Brentyn has this experience but managed to recover her post… It is easily done and the fix is fairly straightforward… over to Sarah.

I was minding my own bloggy business when I messed up a post that I had spent some major time setting up. I don’t know how I even did it but I turned the entire thing into one big link to a Google search. Huh? Right. Moving on.

WordPress would NOT let me ‘undo’ as I usually do when I muck something up. I was stuck. In the muck. Oh…

And non-techie me figured out how to fix it. Little ol’ me! Most of you probably already know this but I thought I’d share just in case I could save a fellow friendly blogger the trouble of rewriting a post. (I even have visuals. This is all mind-blowing, I know.)

I made up a Wonderful New Post to walk you through this super easy process.

Read Sarah Brentyn’s step by step guide to post recovery:

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy today’s selection.. Please add the link to your latest post in the comments section.. do not be shy… it does not become you!  Thanks Sally


10 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 9th March 2017 – Sue Vincent, Christoph Fischer, Phillip T. Stephens, Smashwords, Sarah Brentyn

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  2. So many wonderful posts – so little time! I hope you know that I approve links to related content under ANY of my articles, too – old or new (probably for the same reason you ask folks to leave links – time to browse the web is finite.) btw – one link per comment on my blog or you’ll be auto-spammed and I’ll never see it TO approve – had to do that as more and more link-spammers found their way to me.

    My most recent is not normally something I write about, but something that seems to have struck a chord: marijuana. [ ] It’s not seriously in-depth, but it does hit some recent science highlights, with links to more, for those who are so inclined.

    And NOW I’m going back up to click another link. Thanks, Sally!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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